E-Biker fahren am Rhein entlang, © Tourismus NRW e.V.

Rid­ing e-bikes through NRW

Wheth­er com­fort­able or ath­let­ic, e-bikes are be­com­ing more and more pop­u­lar among cyc­lists. To en­sure that e-bike trips do not sud­denly come to an end, there is a map show­ing all char­ging points through­out Ger­many.

Watch­ing nature go by, feel­ing the wind blow on your face and al­ways keep­ing on the move - this all adds to the fas­cin­a­tion of cyc­ling. Yet when the first hilly stage comes up or when the route is longer than ex­pec­ted, a re­laxed dis­cov­ery tour on the saddle of a bi­cycle can eas­ily be­come ex­haust­ing. Rid­ing a bike with an elec­tric mo­tor en­ables older or less ex­per­i­enced cyc­lists to ex­per­i­ence pure cyc­ling fun as well. Many young people also en­joy the be­ne­fits of less sweaty and ex­haust­ing means of trans­port­a­tion by e-bike, es­pe­cially on steep­er sec­tions of their route.

Bike state NRW

North Rhine-West­phalia is ex­actly the right place for those who love to hike and ride their bike. With a 13,800 kilo­metre-long bike path net­work,which con­nects all cit­ies and vil­lages in the state with con­sist­ent sign post­ing, more than 500 bed & bike busi­nesses, and with nu­mer­ous ex­cel­lent bike paths, NRW is Ger­many's num­ber-one bike state. North Rhine-West­phalia is also top in terms of e-bikes: here, the best-de­veloped net­work of char­ging sta­tions in Ger­many can be found. The spe­cial thing about it is that the char­ging sta­tions are of­ten loc­ated at mu­seums, res­taur­ants or points of in­terest. In this way, while the bike is char­ging, you can com­fort­ably en­joy a cof­fee or see the sights. For those who are plan­ning a longer trip, there is a map of Ger­many in which all e-bike char­ging sta­tions are lis­ted. www.fahr­rad.de/e-bike-ladesta­tion­en

For those who prefer leav­ing route-plan­ning to oth­ers, spe­cially trained ?e-bike guides? oc­ca­sion­ally of­fer this ser­vice. They not only plan a suit­able route, but also share im­port­ant tips about cyc­ling with the aux­il­i­ary mo­tor with their guests.

Flat or hilly land­scape

Each re­gion in NRW has cycle routes that prom­ise a lot of fun, es­pe­cially by e-bike. In Sauer­land, it?s worth tak­ing a trip to Bigge­see, West­phali­a's largest wa­ter reser­voir, whilst the scen­ic beauty of Hal­len­berg makes cyc­lists? pulses race. Those look­ing for a chal­lenge should try the de­mand­ing tour of Bri­lon via the Alme-Rad­weg and the Kais­er­route:the idyll­ic Ringel­stein Forest of­fers shade in the sum­mer. For those who prefer hilly routes, the Eifel is the best place to use your e-bike. Re­gard­ing the land­scape of the low moun­tain range, it?s true that what goes down, must come back up. But those trav­el­ling by e-bike can eas­ily over­come these climbs. Bon vivants are in good hands in the Teuto­burg Forest. On the "Genuss-Route", e-bikers ex­per­i­ence a col­our­ful mix of nature and urb­an life. It leads along re­stored half-timbered houses and straight through nature re­serves. Tra­di­tion­al farm­house cafes of­fer a warm wel­come. Mün­ster­land will ex­ceed all ex­plorers? ex­pect­a­tions: cycle paths by the river, his­tor­ic town centres, an­cient le­gends or the most beau­ti­ful castles of the Mün­ster­land - Mün­ster­land of­fers a vari­ety of themed cycle routes. The Lower Rhine re­gion is par­tic­u­larly cyc­list-friendly with its flat land­scape. Yet those com­bat­ing head­wind should rely on an e-bike on their cycle rides. The Rhine Cycle Route is an es­pe­cially pop­u­lar route in the Lower Rhine re­gion: Along the Rhine, you can en­joy nat­ur­al land­scapes, met­ro­pol­ises and vi­brant in­dus­tri­al cit­ies.

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Dis­cov­er more Cycle Routes

Cyclists on tour at Lahn Valley Cycle Path, © Touristikverband Siegerland-Wittgenstein e.V

Lahn Val­ley Cycle Path

Der Aasee in Münster, © Ralf Emmerich / Münster Marketing

Re­laxed cyc­ling in Mün­ster­land

Aussicht Ruhrtalradweg, © RuhrtalRadweg, Dennis Stratmann

Ruhr Val­ley Cycle Path

Idyllische Parks bieten sich auf dem Töddenland-Radweg für Pausen an, © Stadtmarketing Ibbenbüren GmbH

Töd­den­land Cycle Path

River Weser Cycle Path, © Peter Hübbe

Weser Cycle Path

Haus Rüschhaus in Münster, © Münsterland e.V.

100 Castles Route

Unterwegs im Zwillbrocker Venn, © Münsterland e.V.

Euroroute R1 cycle path

Die Drei-Flüsse-Tour bietet herrliche Ausblicke ins Ahrtal, © Archiv Ahr Rhein Eifel Tourismus & Service GmbH

Three Rivers Tour

balkantrasse-die-bergischen-drei, © Die Bergischen Drei

Balkan­trasse Cycle Path

River Eder Floodplains Cycle Path - grand tour, © Reiner Schild

River Eder Cycle Path

Die Paderborner-Land-Route führt an prächtigen Schlössern vorbei, © Touristikzentrale Paderborner Land e.V.

Pader­borner Land Route Cycle Path

Die Vennbahn, ein Bahntrassenradweg, führt auch übers Reichensteiner Viadukt, © vennbahn.eu

Ven­n­bahn Cycle Route

family on tour at the Sauerland Cycle Circuit, © Sauerland-Tourismus e.V Foto Stromberg

Sauer­land Cycle Cir­cuit

Um weiterzufahren, muss man mit der Fähre auf die andere Seite transportiert werden, © Lippefähre Dorsten

Ro­man Lippe Route

Water Quintet in the land of dams, © Volker Barthel

Wa­ter Quin­tet Cycle Path

Am Niederrhein bieten sich Promenaden zu gemütlichen Radtouren an, © Niederrhein Tourismus GmbH

Rhine Cycle Route

Abteigaerten © I. Jansen Kulturland Kreis Hoexter, © I. Jansen Kulturland Kreis Hoexter

Mon­as­tery Gar­dens Route

Fahrradtour durch die Weinberge im Ahrtal, © Ahrtal Tourismus Bad Neuenahr Ahrweiler e.V.

Ahr cycle route

Waterfront break at the Möhnetal, © Sauerland Tourismus Stratmann

Möhne Val­ley Cycle Path